• Meet the design team for RHS Tatton 2017

    The team from left to right; Adam, Josh, Chris, Liz, Joe, Annie, Dave and Graham

Members of this year’s team are currently either completing their Foundation Degree in Garden and Landscape Design or in their 2nd year of BSc (Hons) Landscape Management Degree.

Each team member has brought individual talents to the team and has worked on different elements of the show garden, which will be displayed at RHS Flower Show, Tatton Park which is running from Wednesday 19th July to Sunday 23rd July 2017.

The Team:

Adam Taylor

Age: 28

Ambition: Landscape Architect

Having worked mainly in the hospitality industry, Adam decided upon a career change 3 years ago in order the pursue a career where he could be more involved in the outdoors. Having completed an Access to Higher Education award, Adam originally planned to go in to countryside management but then stumbled upon landscape management and architecture. This sparked an interest through the fact that it combined his passion for design and the environment. Upon completing his course Adam hopes to go on to complete his Masters in Landscape Architecture.

Annie Rhoden-Farmer

Age: 20

Ambition: Ecological studies

Having completed a Level 3 Extended Diploma in Horticulture after finishing secondary school, Annie has always had an interest in the outdoors and growing plants, as well as environmental and animal conservation. Annie has further developed an interest in ecology and landscape management after starting the landscape management degree at Reaseheath College and wishes to pursue this interest going forward.

Chris Shore

Age: 22

Ambition: Self Employed Garden Designer/Builder

After completing his A Levels at sixth form, Chris went on to do a Level 3 Extended Diploma in Horticulture at Reaseheath College after discovering that he had an interest in working outdoors. During this time, he managed to get to the finals at the 2015 World Skills in Birmingham in the Landscape category. Chris decided that he wanted to go down the garden design route as he wanted to combine his passion for drawing and gardens, so after completing his level 3 course he went on to do a landscape and garden design course which he hopes will give him the appropriate skills to one day set up his own garden design business.

Dave Cutler

Age: 27

Ambition: Self Employed Garden Designer/Builder

Dave has worked in the horticulture industry since leaving sixth form, completing his advanced apprenticeship 5 years ago at Reaseheath College, igniting a strong passion for the subject and the industry. Having recently gone self-employed and starting up his own landscaping business, he wanted to continue his professional development. He returned to Reaseheath where he is currently in the second year of a Foundation Degree in Garden and Landscape Design, with a view to gaining a BSc in Landscape Design and Management. Dave hopes his new qualifications will help to expand and improve his business, creating remarkable outdoor spaces and introducing others to horticulture.

Graham Fradley

Age: 40

Ambition: Landscape Architect

Having worked in the telecoms industry for twenty years, Graham decided to change careers and build upon his love of plants and gardening by going back to college and enrolling on the Garden and Landscape Design Foundation Degree at Reaseheath College. During his time at Reaseheath he has discovered a passion for landscape architecture and is looking forward to pursuing a career in this sector. Upon completion of his foundation course, Graham hopes to go on to complete the BSc Landscape Management Top-Up course at Reaseheath in order to build upon what he has learnt so far.

Joe Latham

Age: 25

Ambition: Self Employed Garden Designer/Builder

Joe’s background before attending Reaseheath College was in catering where he gained valuable experience about hard work, team work and attention to detail. Deciding on a career change, the practical aspect of horticulture stood out to him. Beginning his journey into the sector by completing the Level 3 Diploma at the college and then embarking onto the landscape design degree. He enjoys a challenge and loves to learn and gain experience wherever he can. The course at college is hopefully going to be a start for eventually succeeding in the horticultural sector.

Liz Rees-Graham

Age: 35

Ambition: Horticultural Therapist

Liz is on her 3rd (and last…) career change. She has worked as a PA and a nursery nurse. Liz has always loved plants and gardening and is hoping to combine her love of gardening with helping people by designing spaces that make people want to spend more time in their own outdoor environment. Liz completed the Access to Higher Education course to help get her back into studying and then found out about the horticultural courses at Reaseheath. She is in her 2nd year of the Garden and Landscape Design Foundation Degree. She will be doing the BSc (Hons) Top-Up in Landscape Management and then plans to complete a PGCE so that she will have the skills to teach people what they can gain from the outdoors.